November 30th, 2009


New Computer, Yay!

My parents have bought me a new computer, somewhat early as a Christmas present, for which I am deeply grateful. We're still in the process of setting it up. I will be very glad to have one that runs at decent speed. Working on this one is like swimming through quicksand.

Setting up a new computer usually involves a certain amount of scramble (more on Doug's part than mine, since he does the setup). We should be able to leave the old one accessible, though, so that I can still do stuff like the Poetry Fishbowl slated for Tuesday. I'll need some time to juggle things around, later -- the new system has Windows 7, which has something like a tagging function for files, so eventually I should be able to dispense with my old workaround of storing multiple copies of poetry and reviews. If I ever get around to tagging the thousands of old files, that is. At least new ones will be easier to handle.

Find Me on Facebook

I have started a Facebook page, primarily for the purpose of being able to echo my blog posts there for folks who prefer that as a reading venue. If you are on Facebook, feel free to send me a Friend request. I'm listed as Elizabeth Barrette.

Welcome to Winterfaire 2009

The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!

Vendors: If you have goods or services suitable for holiday gifts, please put up a booth by replying with a description of what you sell, an estimate of your price range if possible, and some kind of contact information so shoppers can reach you. For ease of identification, I recommend titling your reply starting with "BOOTH:" followed by the name of your business or type of goodies.

Shoppers: If you're looking for something specific and it's not posted yet, feel free to ask. Someone else may know where to find it! "SHOPPING FOR:" and the topic would be a good title.

Epic Update: "Warning Sine" and "Choralia"

There are currently two poems being microfunded...

"Warning Sine" is a science fiction poem about the difficulty of communicating across deep time.
50 lines, Buy It Now = $20
Amount donated = $3
Amount remaining to fund fully = $17
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50

"Choralia" is a science fiction poem about aliens who speak orchestrally.
78 lines, Buy It Now = $39
Amount donated = $25
Amount remaining to fund fully = $14
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.50

These microfunded poems are being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. My usual rate for microfunded poems is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements.

Poetry Fishbowl Tomorrow!

This is a reminder for the December 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "cultures of the world." I'll be soliciting ideas for culture heroes, historic figures, ancient or modern societies, objects linked to a certain culture, winter holidays around the world, cultural practices, culture clashes, historic evolution of cultures, places associated with a given culture, and poetic forms linked to a culture in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

This week on Hypatia's Hoard of Reviews...


New Verses of Choralia

Thanks to a donation today, there are two new verses of "Choralia" visible. This is a science fiction poem about humans trying to communicate with aliens who speak orchestrally. You can read the available verses on the original page. We are about 3/4 of the way to the end of this poem!

78 lines, Buy It Now = $39
Amount donated = $30
Amount remaining to fund fully = $9
Amount needed to fund next verse = $3